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Sandrine Piau, Jérôme Correas, Les Paladins - Le Triomphe de l'Amour (2012)

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Sandrine Piau, Jérôme Correas, Les Paladins - Le Triomphe de l'Amour (2012)

Sandrine Piau, Jérôme Correas, Les Paladins - Le Triomphe de l'Amour (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 292 Mb | Total time: 60:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | OP 30532 | Recorded: 2011

Soprano Sandrine Piau's new project is dedicated to French baroque repertoire, offering a wide range of very beautiful arias by Rameau, Lully, Campra etc in a 100-year journey that mixes very famous music with little-know pieces, such as arias by Grétry or Sacchini > Sandrine Piau and Jérôme Correas, a former singer, founder and music director of Les Paladins, have worked together on a regular basis since their early careers, especially with William Christie.

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Léçons de Ténèbres (1993, 1995)

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Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Léçons de Ténèbres (1993, 1995)

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Léçons de Ténèbres (1993, 1995)
EAC | FLAC | Track (Cue & Log) ~ 974 Mb | Total time: 63:52+66:13+70:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | 5 45107 2 / 5 45075 2 / 7 59295 2 | Recorded: 1992-1994

The services of Matins and Lauds in the Roman rite for the last three days of Holy Week, the so-called Sacred Triduum are – or were before being replaced by the vernacular liturgy – beautiful and complex. Matins for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday consist of psalms with antiphons, readings from the Lamentations of Jeremiah and versicles and responsories related to and reflecting upon the events of those days. Over the centuries they have proved fruitful inspiration for music, even in post-reformation England, where the Book of Common Prayer continued to prescribe readings from Lamentations and settings of them, often in Latin, continued to be sung in cathedrals and collegiate churches.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Luigi Rossi: Orfeo (1991)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Luigi Rossi: Orfeo (1991)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Luigi Rossi: Orfeo (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 948 Mb | Total time: 77:32+71:03+70:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC901358.60 | Recorded: 1990

Luigi Rossi (ca. 1597 – 20 February 1653) was an Italian Baroque composer. Rossi was born in Torremaggiore, a small town near Foggia, in the ancient kingdom of Naples and at an early age he went to Naples. There he studied music with the Franco-Flemish composer Jean de Macque who was organist of the Santa Casa dell’Annunziata and maestro di cappella to the Spanish viceroy. Rossi later entered the service of the Caetani, dukes of Traetta. Luigi Rossi composed just two operas: Il palazzo incantato, which was given at Rome in 1642; and Orfeo, written after he was invited by Cardinal Mazarin in 1646 to go to Paris for that purpose, and given its premiere there in 1647. Rossi returned to France in 1648 hoping to write another opera, but no production was possible because the court had sought refuge outside Paris. Rossi returned to Rome by 1650 and never attempted anything more for the stage.

Sara Mingardo, Sandrine Piau, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Un Viaggio a Roma (2018)

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Sara Mingardo, Sandrine Piau, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Un Viaggio a Roma (2018)

Sara Mingardo, Sandrine Piau, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano - Un Viaggio a Roma: Handel, Stradella, Muffat, Scarlatti, Corelli (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 355 Mb | Total time: 70:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP30565 | Recorded: 2015, 2017

Handel, Scarlatti, Corelli, Stradella, Muffat … From 1650 to the beginning of the eighteenth century, Rome exercised an immense power in attracting composers from all over Europe and experienced an intense moment of musical activity, because of - or in spite of - the papal administration. It was a prosperous period with a melting pot of influences. The programme devised here by the Roman conductor, Rinaldo Alessandrini, offers a complete and personal vision of the time, passionate and secular, lyrical (made sublime by Sandrine Piau) and orchestral, romantic in every way. Rinaldo Alessandrini is one of the leading figures in the international early music scene.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Couperin, Du Mont: Motets (2004)

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Couperin, Du Mont: Motets (2004)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Couperin, Du Mont: Motets (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 600 Mb | Total time: 74:28+72:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 62419 2 | Recorded: 1992, 1993

Before you play the first track of this disc, make sure you're in quiet surroundings and ready to listen closely. You'll hear a pure yet sensuous soprano voice slip gently out of the silence and sing a melody that manages to be haunting and virtuosic at the same time–only to be followed by a similar voice doing the same thing. The two voices coil around each other (with some gleaming suspensions) for a full minute before instruments join them. And that's just the beginning of this marvelous disc of motets by François Couperin, a composer better known for his keyboard and chamber music. Most of these pieces were written to accompany the Elevation of the Host (the most solemn moment of the Roman Catholic liturgy), so you won't hear much exuberance.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Purcell: The Fairy Queen (1989)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Purcell: The Fairy Queen (1989)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Purcell: The Fairy Queen (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 785 Mb | Total time: 64:48+63:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901308.09 | Recorded: 1989

On the strength of the immense success of Dido & Aeneas and King Arthur, in 1692 Purcell went on to produce The Fairy Queen, based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer-Night’s Dream. The work is, in fact, a ‘semi-opera’, or ‘opera with dialogue’, in which only some of the crucial scenes are provided with music. But this version of A Midsummer-Night’s Dream by the ‘Orpheus Britannicus’ became almost as famous as the play that inspired it, with its love scenes, its supernatural scenes and its innate sense of musical humour investing it with an irresistible savour and enchantment.This title was released for the first time in 1989.

Antonio Vivaldi - Voices [6CDs] (2014)

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Antonio Vivaldi - Voices [6CDs] (2014)

Antonio Vivaldi - Voices: Topi Lehtipuu, Ann Hallenberg, Lorenzo Regazzo, Paul Agnew, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Sonia Prina, Sandrine Piau [6CDs] (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,97 Gb | TT: 6:26:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # NAI 30562 | Recorded: 2004-2010

This box set gathers the finest vocal recordings (opera, sacred music) from the Vivaldi Edition by some of the most reputed artists of today. Also it features the main vocal ranges: soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto, tenor, bass.

Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (2003)

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Emmanuelle Haim, Le Concert d'Astree - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (2003)

Emmanuelle Haïm, Le Concert d'Astrée - Handel: Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (2003)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 456 Mb | Total time: 53:23+45:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 7243 5 45557 2 | Recorded: 2002

This is an excellent recording of Handel's "other" Acis – an Italian cantata he composed during a visit to Naples ten years before he wrote the more famous English masque Acis and Galatea. Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d'Astrée play with pathos, imagination, and impeccable style, never forgetting that, in a work for such intimate forces, maintaining musical momentum and variety is the key to success. Sandrine Piau (Aci), Sara Mingardo (Galatea), and Laurent Naouri (Polifemo) are perfectly cast; Piau's crystalline soprano and Mingardo's warm, full-bodied mezzo blend wonderfully in their duets, sounding as if they have sung together for years, and both of them deliver spectacular solo moments.

Antonio Vivaldi - Sacred Music [6CDs] (2012)

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Antonio Vivaldi - Sacred Music [6CDs] (2012)

Antonio Vivaldi - Sacred Music [6CDs] (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,87 Gb | TT: 6h 36' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP30541 | Recorded: 2001-2009

A Naïve boxed set that gathers the finest sacred works composed by Antonio Vivaldi and performed by some of the most recognized artists in this wonderful repertoire, including Sandrine Piau, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Philippe Jaroussky, Sara Mingardo, and Rinaldo Alessandrini.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Messiah (1994)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Messiah (1994)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Messiah (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 577 Mb | Total time: 77:00+65:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901498.99 | Recorded: 1993

For quality of soloists, this disc ranks top dog… exquisite. Padmore s opening recitative arioso uses silence more eloquently than any other recording I ve heard, while limpid beauty of Scholl s Countertenor voice combined with the subtlety of his interpretation makes the simplest melodies the most eloquent.
–Berta Joncus

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, Sandrine Piau, Sara Mingardo - Handel: Arias & Duets (2008)

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Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, Sandrine Piau, Sara Mingardo - Handel: Arias & Duets (2008)

Rinaldo Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano, Sandrine Piau, Sara Mingardo - Handel: Arias & Duets (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 346 Mb | Total time: 72:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # OP 30483 | Recorded: 2008

The arias, duets, recitatives and overtures in this recording are not grouped according to a set theme or singing style: heroic tenors, rival queens or famous castrati. Instead, if the sleeve-notes are to be believed, soprano Sandrine Piau, contralto Sara Mingardo and conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini set out simply to enjoy themselves by performing favourite works from across Handel’s operatic output. Their only rules were to omit the very famous numbers - ‘Cara sposa’ from Rinaldo, for example, is not included - maintain a sense of mood contrast, and to include opening recitatives as a means of placing the characters within the dramatic context of each opera.

Harmonia Mundi - Opera Baroque - France: Lully, Charpentier, Campra, Rameau [13cd] (2013)

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Harmonia Mundi - Opera Baroque - France: Lully, Charpentier, Campra, Rameau [13cd] (2013)

Harmonia Mundi - Opéra Baroque - France: Lully, Charpentier, Campra, Rameau [13cd] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3,44 Gb | Total time: 801:14 | Digital booklet (PDF)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMX2908658.99 | Recorded: 1984, 1987, 1990, 1991

This luxurious set containing 39 CDs, 3 DVDs, 1 CD-Rom and four detailed booklets will tell you the full story of Baroque opera in Italy, France, England, and Germany. No fewer than 17 complete operas (including two on DVD) and two supplementary CDs (the dawn of opera, Overtures for the Hamburg Opera) provide the most comprehensive overview of the genre ever attempted! The finest performers are assembled here under the direction of René Jacobs and William Christie to offer you 47 hours of music. An opportunity to discover or to hear again the masterpieces of Baroque opera, some of which have been unavailable on CD for many years.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Paladins (2005)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Paladins (2005)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Rameau: Les Paladins (2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 204 min | 5,25+7,51 Gb (2xDVD9)
Classical | Label: Opus Arte | Sub: Deutsch, English, Espanol, Francais, Italiano | Recorded: 2004

Inspired by a fable by La Fontaine, Rameau produced perhaps his most brilliant music for his penultimate great work, blending reality and the surreal on several levels. This passionate new production by José Montalvo stunningly choreographed by Montalvo and Dominique Hervieu, sets new standards in entertainment, charm and ingenuity. The sharp and spectacular multimedia staging does full justice to Rameau's dazzling burlesque, confirming Olivier Rouvière's statement that ‘Les Paladins' is the last laugh of a witty 77-year old composer’. Recorded live in 2004 at the Paris Théâtre du Châtelet in true surround sound, both the virtuoso cast and Les Arts Florissants are in top form, clearly enjoying themselves in the masterful hands of William Christie.

Gerard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - French and Italian Cantatas: Bononcini, Caldara, Handel, A.Scarlatti (2008)

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Gerard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - French and Italian Cantatas: Bononcini, Caldara, Handel, A.Scarlatti (2008)

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - French and Italian Cantatas: Bononcini, Caldara, Handel, A.Scarlatti (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.44 Gb | Total time: 05:25:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 0946 3 95153 2 5 | Recorded: 1990-1998

The cantata, to some extent, is a development from the madrigal that appeared in Italy at the start of the seventeenth century. While the madrigal was refined and delicate, the cantata evolved because composers felt the need to introduce a dramatic narrative element into vocal chamber music and thusly the music took a lighter, wittier turn.
Scarlatti is considered as one if the initiators, and also one of the reformers of this genre, whose outlines he established. In his cantatas for a single solo voice and continuo, Scarlatti treats the latter as a true partner of the voice.